On Monday 27th of November Theresa May hosted a reception for DrugFAM at 10 Downing Street. The event was held to recognise the charity’s achievements, which this year have included:
– Receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service
– Holding a Service of Celebration and Hope at Westminster Abbey
– Our founder Elizabeth Burton-Phillips being awarded an MBE for ‘services to people who experience addiction and their families’
The reception was also a unique and special opportunity for DrugFAM to thank all of their staff, volunteers, trustees and supporters many of whom have been in contact with the charity since inception and without whom the charity would not be able to offer support to those who need it.
Special guest, Sharon Osbourne, gave the introductory speech to the 180 guests who included Theresa May, Victoria Atkins MP, Steve Baker MP, Jonty Hearnden, Sir Henry Aubrey-Fletcher Lord Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Commander Simon Bray, The Reverend Christopher Stoltz, Minor Canon at Westminster Abbey, Sir Anthony Seldon, Professor John Kelly as well as many key supporters of DrugFAM.
Theresa May gave the main speech of the evening which included the following quotes:
“I was proud to serve as a patron of DrugFAM before I was appointed Home Secretary. The work you do makes a huge difference. You ensure that families, friends and partners affected by a loved one’s addiction get the support they need.”
“… And what has really enabled DrugFAM to do that has been the dedication and commitment of all its volunteers, and I am delighted that so many of you are here tonight. Without your generosity and the gift of time which you give to DrugFAM nothing it has achieved would have been possible.”
This wonderful occasion also saw the launch of the updated edition of ‘Mum, can you lend me twenty quid? What drugs did to my family’ the book written by DrugFAM’s founder Elizabeth Burton-Phillips, which is due for release on the 7th December. The new content brings Elizabeth’s story up-to-date by sharing the story of DrugFAM’s creation and the inspiring work supporting families impacted by addiction